Marisa - Tell ya what... if you want to drive out to Calgary, I'll buy some snakes from you. I'll even throw in $10 for gas.
Just kidding of course. I've emailed breeders asking them about the availability of their stock, only to not commit to a purchase. If I have X dollars to sink into snakes, I'll find out what's available, figure out what I want more, and buy from whoever I choose. But, usually when I say "Ok, I'm definitely interested", I mean it. I would hate to see breeders stop selling to the public, especially because I *refuse* to pay marked up retail prices. There are still a few of us out there who will buy 7 snakes at one time, pay for shipping, and even commit to a certain day to do the transaction.